ANU Hult team members Kathryn Hayward, Denise Anne Suarez, Shannon Bourke, Gil Francis Arevalo and Mahawira Singh Dillon.

Students put a Hult on global food crisis

27 February 2013

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Dr Paul D'Arcy is a Fellow in the School of Culture, History & Language in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. His areas of expertise include Asian history and Pacific history.

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Crawford School students are set to step up to the plate and present models to solve global food security issues, as part of this year's Hult Prize.

Founded in 2009, the Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition. It aims to solve the planet's most pressing concerns and launch ventures that will change the world. The Hult Prize was recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine.

This years' Hult Prize challenge, personally selected by President Clinton, is themed around global food security. The focus will be on getting safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums around the world.

The 2013 ANU team for the Hult Prize will head to Shanghai for the competition thanks to funding from the Crawford School of Public Policy and the College of Asia and the Pacific. The competition will take place on 2 March.

This year’s team members include Crawford School students Gil Francis Arevalo (Philippines), Shannon Bourke (Australia), Kathryn Hayward (New Zealand), Mahawira Singh Dillon (Indonesia), and Denise Anne Suarez (Philippines). Dr Paul D'Arcy from School of Culture, History & Language in ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, will be the mentor and advisor for the team.

The team will present an innovative social enterprise model which utilises the potential of aquaponics. The team's proposal will aim to address issues relating to food insecurity, financial incapacity, limited social enterprise operations and opportunities through partnerships.

“Shared passions and commitment to making a difference through revolutionary social enterprises that combine the best of public and private partnership owned by communities are the two recurring traits that best describe the new ANU Team,” said Arevalo, who serves as the team coordinator.

“The ANU team believes that to address accessibility, affordability and sustainability on food production and distribution in most urban slums, aquaponics provides an avenue for it to be both technically feasible, and socially and economically desirable.

“The team is committed to ensure that their social enterprise solution can be implemented and replicated beyond the 2013 competition,” said Arevalo.

Arevalo said the level of support shown by Crawford School and the College has encouraged the team to work harder than ever as they represent ANU.

“We are once again overwhelmed by the support and even more determined than last year to represent the talent we have within the School in the Hult Global Challenge,” said Arevalo.
 

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